Travellers arriving into Scotland from either Spain or Serbia will continue to be required to go into quarantine, despite this week’s changes meaning that those arriving into England will no longer have to do so.
Last week the UK government published a list of 59 destinations which will be exempt from quarantine restrictions from July 10, including both Spain and Serbia.
But Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said today that “we cannot in good conscience lift restrictions on people arriving from Spain because of the significantly higher prevalence [of coronavirus]”.
Sturgeon also said that “We also have concerns about Serbia, where a recent outbreak has led neighbouring states to close their borders with that country”.
As a result quarantine requirements will not be lifted for arrivals from these countries on July 10 – arrivals into Scotland from the other 57 destinations on the list will not have to self-isolate from that date.
According to a report by the BBC, the arrangements will be reviewed on July 20.
The report also said that Sturgeon “warned that people should not seek to ‘get around’ the restrictions by travelling via English airports, insisting that the rules ‘are here for a reason'”.